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Province of Ontario Issues Four Week Stay-at-Home Order, State of Emergency

This is a developing story.

Ontario has issued a new stay-at-home order today to fight an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by variants of the virus.

Premier Doug Ford says the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning and last for four weeks. He says the province will declare its third state of emergency of the pandemic to invoke the new measures.

Ford says stores providing essential goods will remain open during the four-week period, but they will only be permitted to sell grocery and pharmacy items.

Vaccine Update:

The province has also announced details about expanding vaccination.

It plans to roll out pop-up and mobile vaccination clinics in high-risk settingS, residential buildings, faith centres and big employers for adults 18 years of age and older in hot spot regions.

Next week will also see education workers in high-risk areas in Toronto and Peel vaccinated, as well as those who work with special needs students across the province.

Education workers here in Ottawa will be prioritized after Toronto and Peel, subject to supply.

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